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Arsenal chase deal for Kostas Manolas

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Arsenal are chasing Olympiacos centre-back Kostas Manolas according to the Metro. With Arsene Wenger looking to strengthen defensive areas this summer, Manolas is now a reported target. 

Thomas Vermaelen is expected to complete a £10 million move to Manchester United leaving Arsenal short in central defence. The London club will be left with only Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. 

Wenger has been looking at a number of replacements, including Ajax's Joel Veltmann but has earmarked Kostas Manolas after an impressive showing for Greece at the World Cup.

The 23-year-old is currently at Greek side Olympiacos where he has made 73 appearances, scoring six goals in the process. 

The 6ft 1in Greek is good in the air, strong and commands his box, and had an exceptional season at Olympiacos last year. He is fast and has gained Champions League experience at a young age during his time at Olympiacos.

Olympiacos are known to want upwards of £8 million for the Greek defender. Manolas only recently extended his contract in March, for another year at the Greek club, his contract now ends in 2017.

Arsenal could face stiff competition for Manolas from other Premier League sides. Everton nearly signed Manolas in 2012 and could renew their interest.

North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are rumoured to be looking at Manolas with the strengthening of Spurs' defence high on new head coach Maurucio Pochettino's list.

New Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is also rumoured to be an admirer of Manolas and is chasing a new centre back after the exits of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

Italian club Juventus are also interested in Manolas after his superb showings in the World Cup.

Arsenal may find it hard to land Kostas Manolas but the Greek defender has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League and become a future star. 

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